Monday, March 12, 2012

Today I thought of you

I was completely stumped when I had to come up with a design for a special order I was doing.  They had to be versatile so they could be used for just about anything, they had to be ok for a man or a woman, and they had to be really, really cool.  Really? I could totally do the really, really cool part, but the whole man/woman request was killing me.  I spent hours looking at the supplies I had trying to come up with just the right card.  Oh--and all the cards needed to be the same.  I generally don't do the exact same card twice so I wasn't really ok with that request.  I figured I'd work around that one.

I knew I wanted to do an easel card, because that took care of the "cool" request with no problem.  Then it hit me.  I had the perfect stamps to use. { Thank you Unity Stamps.}  The saying would take care of everything else that was requested, the only thing I wasn't comfortable with was the flowers I was going to use.  I decided to make one and see how it went.  This is it:

As I was making it, I realized that flowers were really okay for a man. I mean who says that flowers can only be for women? I also realized that if I made these in different colors, they would be the same, but they'd also be different.  So that worked for me too.  After I made this one, I was sold.  Without hesitation, these were the cards I was going to make.

Here's a picture of the rest of them:
I love the colors and they fulfilled everything that was requested.  I think these cards are now officially my favorite.  At least for today!

Life is good.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Have a Heart

I was inspired by my last paper project to start on another one that I've had my eye on for quite awhile now.

You've seen those paper heart garlands all over the place and I LOVE them.  So I decided it's about time that I  make one for myself. 

I used double sided cardstock, from K and Company, with a valentines theme.  I will point out that an ordinary stapler will not work with this project.  Because I used heavier cardstock, the staples just weren't big enough. This was a very quick and easy project to do and the results are fabulous!


And here it is strung on the bookcase:


You can tie them to the back of a chair as well.

I love that you can make these in any color and they are still going to look great.  You can also add more hearts to the middle depending on the look and size you want.   They would be great for a party, a bridal shower, wedding, or any other celebration.  I think I may need to list one in my shop.  The possibilities are endless.

Happy Creating!

Friday, February 3, 2012

Blowing Valentine Wishes to You....Just a bit early!

This will be a very brief post.  Yesterday I spent a little time trying to come up with a little somethin' that would put  a smile on  a sweet teenagers face who is going through a very rough time at the moment.  It's not something that will be going away anytime soon, and I wanted to do something for her that would put a smile on her face.  I think I found it.

I decided to make a pot of these:

How could this not put a smile on someone's face? I added a tag to one of them that says "Blowing Valentine Wishes to You."  These were super easy and took no time at all.  I'm thinking she'll like it!  Life may not always be good,  but there should always be something to smile about.  At least that's what I hope!

Monday, January 30, 2012

Rubber Stamps or Digital Stamps? That is the question

For several months now, I've gone back and forth with the idea of using digital stamps.  I've heard so much about it, and wondered "Can it be just like rubber stamping? or is it a bunch of hype?"  I really wanted to know, but wasn't sure that I wanted to take the plunge. 

I chatted with someone about this very thing and she gave me the pros and cons of digital stamping.  I liked that she wasn't biased in her information and really told me what she didn't like about it.  She did tell me that I should at least try it once just to see for myself if it was worth it.    She sent me this link to Maurie J Manning's digital art  http://mosdigitalpencil.com/  (among others) and I decided to take a peek. I instantly fell in love!   I figured I'd give it a shot.  Here's the card I made with one of the images:

My little Superhero friend was perfect for the birthday card I had to make!  Here's a couple more close-ups.


I think I've come to the conclusion that digital stamps will definitely work with original rubber stamping--and they take up less space.  Now I'll just need to save my files on a external drive--just in case!  I think Maurie's work just made it easy to decide.  Now if I could just figure out how to use Copic Markers I'll be doing good!





Saturday, January 21, 2012

Love Bug

I've had a stamp set from Unity for quite awhile now, and I ALWAYS forget that I have it.  As I was trying to figure out what I wanted to do for some V-day cards I came upon it once again and knew that I had to make some cards. 

I ended up making a couple of cards with this stamp.  Two of them are specifically for V-day.  First this one:

The paper I used totally reminds me of the 60's (not that I would know or anything) and it's perfect with this stamp.  The paper I used for the bug itself is a blue green with little hearts on it.  I really like the way it turned out.  Notice the "Love Bug" license plate?

Then I made this version done in the usual red, pink and white of V-day.

Again, I love the look of the Volkswagen bug with the hearts on it.  A true Valentine's Day card. 

I'm thinking I might need to make a few more, in a couple different colors, and keep them on hand and adapt the card to whatever the occasion may be.

Off to make a few more cards!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Jumpstart your Love!

It's been an incredibly long time since I last posted.  What does the time go?  It's been a busy time for me and although I wish I go back and post, post, post all the things I've been working on, I'm starting new. 

With that being said, time to jumpstart your love! I've been a busy little bee making all kinds of fun love projects.  Here's a few of the cards that I've come up with.  I decided I would get some very simple sets done, then spend some time working on the cards that take a little more time.

When I was making these, I was wishing I had very young children again so we could use these for their class valentines.
I also came up with this fun set of tags:

They are perfect for boys and girls, and really nothing needs to be added, except maybe "Be My Valentine" on the reverse side.

Then I have one more, than any little boy (or girl for that metter) would love to hand out--how bout a little robot love:
The joys of being a little kid and looking forward to handing out those valentines to all your friends!

Yep. Life's good!